Friday, April 29, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Casino Royale (James Bond #1)

Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read this as part of the Read Your E-Reader Read-a-thon to complete the challenge of reading a book with a white cover. I've been wanting to read this series for a while because I have such fond memories of enjoying the films with my Grandpa when I was younger.

This book really was just ok. There was way too much time spent explaining in detail, the gambling portions which really bogged down the story for me. Also, having Bond's inner monologue regarding his thoughts on women really got on my nerves.

I have seen the movie this book is based on and I have to say that it is so much better than this. There are several differences for sure, but they made the movie so much more intriguing. That's a lot for me to say considering that the movie wasn't a favorite of mine.

I will be continuing with the series because I am interested to see how the books differ from the films. Will probably read the book and then watch the film to compare for the next installment.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as part of the Read Your E-Reader read-a-thon to complete the challenge of a book that feels like Spring and a book that I got for free. I've loved The Secret Garden since I was little, but have not read the book until now. I have seen two of the movies which were done, my favorite being the one from The Hallmark Channel.

I have to say that I loved this book as much as I do the Hallmark film and I don't know why this took me so long to get to it. Will definitely be buying a physical copy for my collection.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Books: Finished Series 2016 #2 - Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakouji

Black Bird, Vol. 18 Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakouji
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series took me almost a year to complete but I did really enjoy it. I can see how Misao & Kyo's relationship would bother a lot of people. but I didn't read this series to be critical about it. It was enjoyable while it lasted and a step outside reality. A guilty pleasure read if you must.

I'm a bit bummed that it is over, but I will definitely be checking out the mangaka's other works in the future. I really love her art style.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)

Crocodile on the SandbankCrocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Probably more like a 3.5

This book did start out a bit slow for me, but once they finally got to Egypt it did get more interesting. I did kind of figure out who the culprit was, but there was a little twist I wasn't expecting that brought the whole story together. While reading this, I couldn't help but picture an old Scooby Doo episode in my mind, but that just made the story all the more enjoyable. I look forward to getting into more of the books in this series.

Read as part of Read Your E-Reader Read-a-thon.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Books: March Wrap Up including #MarchMysteryMadness

I read 6 books in March! You can find my written reviews on all the books mentioned in previous posts.

Two buddy reads with Lee, who's channel is here

One buddy read with Raul, who's channel is here

I also participated in #MarchMysteryMadness Read-a-thon hosted by Troi Towel & Lizzy Faye Loves Books. The Goodreads Group is here where you can come and discuss mystery books all year round.

New blanket in the opener! This was crocheted by me. Blanket shown in closer was hand knit by me.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Vanishing Girls

Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ebook, 357 pages
Read from Scribd

Read as part of the Read Your E-Reader Read-a-thon. I read this to complete the challenges of reading a book I most recently downloaded and a book that's outside my comfort zone.

This was a spontaneous buddy read with my friend Raul (latinlector on BookTube). We've been buddy reading the Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry for a few months now. He started reading this and needed to discuss the book with someone, so I said why not. I don't read very many contemporary novels so this was a good opportunity to try something different. Also, I have never read a book by Lauren Oliver, so that was another plus even though I had never intended on reading this book before he mentioned it.

I'm happy to say that I'm very glad he did nudge me to read this because I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was very easy to get into and the story intrigued me. The splattering of social media interactions throughout the story was interesting as well.

My only complaint with this is that the timeline jumps from past to present and back. Truthfully, I didn't always pay attention to where we were at the beginning of the chapter and only paid attention to who's point of view we were in. This ended up being helpful to me in the end I think, because I didn't see the twist coming. If I did pay attention a bit better, I would've probably figured it out sooner.

If you like books with twists in it, I would highly recommend this one. Needless to say, I will definitely be checking out some of the author's other work in the future.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Night Circus

The Night Circus The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm going to say that this is probably more of a 3.5 for me than a 4.Read as part of the Read Your E-Reader Read-a-thon hosted by Raul (latinlector) and Janie (Bookworms Buddy)

For a good portion of this book, I felt disconnected from the story and the characters. I didn't form any kind of emotional connection to anything or anyone. My hatred of Prospero and his teaching method was the only kind of emotion I felt for a long time, and that only lasted when he was prominent in the story. Other than that, I was pretty much reading just to get to the end for a majority of the book.

The way the story was told was very confusing for me. The cast is pretty large and the story felt like each set of characters had their own stories, and then those stories were split up and alternated with other characters stories. Sometimes you would end a chapter and the next chapter would rewind a bit and bring you up to what you just read from a different character's perspective. It almost felt like 2 steps forward, one step back. I also felt like because we had several characters stories, jumping from character to character made the story choppy for me. I hoped that eventually it would all come together and make sense to me in the end, but waiting for that to happen was trying on my patience.

Towards the end of the book, I started to get pulled in, but I believe that was because the story started focusing on a couple specific sets of characters. These characters were ones that I was specifically interested in, which helped. In the end, I did find that I enjoyed the story that was told, but I did not love it.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Books: March Reading Challenges Wrap Up

Time to update you with how I'm doing on the Reading Challenges I set for myself at the beginning of the year! I also participated in the March Mystery Madness Read-a-thon and I've included a list of the books I read for that as well. If you're interested in knowing my thoughts on any of the books below, I have review posts here on my blog as well as on Goodreads.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Trouble with Magic (A Bewitching Mystery #1)

The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, #1)The Trouble With Magic by Madelyn Alt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Was able to squeeze in one more book for #MarchMysteryMadness

Though this started out pretty slow for me, it ended up being a rather enjoyable read. I did expect it to have a bit more witchiness than it did, but it is understandable why there wasn't as much of this since this is the first book in the series. I am hoping that future installments include more of this element as that was part of the draw to this series for me. I think there's already a love triangle in the making (ugh), but the mystery was interesting and I look forward to the next one.

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